Kaname spends more time researching the folklore of Jouga which gets her into trouble with the Vigilance Committee. I didn’t like how that guy who kidnapped her was panting though; it reminded me of Issei when he was aroused by Hiroshi. At first I thought he was having a similar reaction, but apparently he was just being inconspicuous by breathing heavily.
Synopsis: Hiroshi wakes up at home after being knocked unconscious by Nemuru. At school, despite the absence of Isuzu and Nemuru, everyone acts like nothing is different. I’m a little surprised that Hiroshi’s classmates weren’t all over him since Nemuru wasn’t there to keep them all at bay. Before class starts, Kaname tells Hiroshi to meet with her in the library after school again. There, she discusses the legend of the Jouga Wolves with him, sharing some of the inconsistencies of the story she discovered. So Kaname thinks the Jouga wolves aren’t really wolves but a sub-species of werewolves with human intellect, all living in one town. The Red Moon is ominous for the Werewolves of Jouga which sucks since it’s perpetually red and perpetually full. Boy did the Kuzumi family pick a BAD time to move – though it’s arguably a good time for Hiroshi’s dad to learn more about the Jouga Wolves. Maybe Hiroshi should consider confiding in his old man. Then he could write up his book, get it published, and move out of that creepy town.
Kaori’s condition surfaces again, though not with anymore information as to what’s happening to her or what the cause is. We just know that she is physically deteriorating, and as a result, she discontinues violin lessons with Mana. Which is odd because I was getting the feeling that she wanted to train Mana to replace her. There’s something about that music that maybe soothes the symptoms of the Werewolf urge to reproduce. Sakaki also goes to stalk visit Kaori, though he just hangs around outside, smoking by her rose trellis. He has another flashback about Mieko and their time together at University. Kaori shares that she had hoped to attend a music conservatory in Tokyo, but didn’t because she can’t leave the town. Then she moves on to tea and cake.
Sakaki’s motive is made clear in this episode: He’s out for Mieko’s revenge. But how he’s going to bring that about is still a mystery. He’s involved with far too many people, meeting with Nemuru’s uncle, that guy from the town meeting who supports dealing with “the one” problem-maker rather than seeing more of his Wolf Kin killed by Nemuru, and now he’s associated himself with Hiroshi.
Sakaki shares with Hiroshi about his own experience with the Wolf Hunters and when they killed his fiancée Mieko four years ago. At that time – much like with Hiroshi – the police station was empty when he went to report the incident, and when he returned to the scene of the crime, there was no evidence left behind. (The only difference is that Mieko was apparently killed during the day.) Hiroshi in turns shares that the Scythe Girl is Nemuru. Sakaki takes this bit of information and seems to make a little more sense of the situation than Hiroshi does – but then again, Hiroshi’s kind of slow.
When Kaname wakes up after being kidnapped, she finds herself in a holding cell, and who’s in the room next to her? The girl Issei kissed: Ichigaki Masami. Kaname lies to Masami to learn more about what’s happened to her. She confirms that after being kissed, she had changed into a God (or a Wolf), and that Gods are neither human nor inhuman – or perhaps more accurately that they start human and become something inhuman. With her sense of smell heightened, Masami eventually realizes that Kaname is lying and states that she (Kaname) smells like a “fallen”… Which is curious for two reasons: One because it raises the question of what Kaname is, and two is why she didn’t smell Kaname before she started talking to her.
Thoughts – or rather, Questions: After a short bout of understanding a little more of what’s going on, I’m back to being lost with a lot of questions swirling around in my head. When Nemuru’s uncle told Nemuru that he was looking after “that girl”, did he mean Isuzu? Or Kaname? And when they say they’re “treating” an infected, do they just lock them up? Do you think they’ll be test subjects for whatever drugs Sakaki and Dr Kushinada develop?
And about Mieko: She was in Jouga for her thesis. If she was killed, did she learn too much, or was she actually a Wolf returning to her hometown? Was she a human who was turned into a Wolf during her time there? Sakaki doesn’t appear to have any Wolfie instincts and doesn’t seem to be affected by Hiroshi’s scent, so we can assume that Mieko didn’t make him a Wolf if she was indeed a Wolf herself.
Do you think Kaori might be an experiment of bringing “The Fallen” back to life? A form of reincarnation for the Gods who have gone against the rules?
When Dr Kushinada came by to speak with Nemuru, why did she put her hand on her scythe? Does she not trust her uncle? Does she suspect him of working against her and the laws of their kind?
Anyway, on a somewhat completely separate topic, gg is having some internal complications, and as a result, they might disband. Fortunately they will continue subbing Ookamikakushi for us. Oh gg: you can’t disband! How will I spell ‘faggots’ without you?